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Arkham Knight PC Issues, Hololens on the ISS, Shenmue 3

Jun 25, 2015

In game news this week we have a major title pulled from PC. Batman: Arkham Knight has been having serious issues with its PC version, and Warner Bros. not only pulled the sales, but apologized to fans. Microsoft’s new augmented reality Hololens is heading to the International Space Station and Shenmue 3’s creator explains how Sony is not getting any of the Kickstarter funds you pledged.

Batman: Arkham Knight Sales Stopped for PC

Warner Bros. just announced that, due to some serious performance issues with the PC version of the new game Batman: Arkham Knight, they’ll be suspending sales. At least until the issues are fixed. They made a statement to fans:

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.

Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support (support.wbgames.com). If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at help.steampowered.com (Steam refund policies can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds) or the retail location where you purchased the game.

The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.

It’s nice to see a game company owning their issues, but this is really frustrating for fans.

PC gamers won’t be able to get Batman: Arkham Knight until some pretty massive issues are fixed.PC gamers won’t be able to get Batman: Arkham Knight until some pretty massive issues are fixed.Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Microsoft’s Hololens to Be Used on the International Space Station

Well, this is pretty cool. Microsoft’s recently announced augmented reality headset the Hololens will be used by NASA on the International Space Station. Two of them will be sent up to the astronauts there. They’ll be using an application called Sidekick, which will assist in training and procedures. It will allow an operator on Earth to Skype with an astronaut, who can walk them through any issues as well as draw on the astronaut’s view through the headset. They’ll also layer illustrations and text over objects. Sort of like a HUD (heads up display). The devices are heading up to the ISS on June 28 on SpaceX’s next resupply flight.

Microsoft’s Hololens is heading to the International Space Station!Microsoft’s Hololens is heading to the International Space Station!Courtesy of Microsoft

NASA Testing Project Sidekick


Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter Won’t Give Any Money to Sony

At E3 last week, we got the news that Shenmue 3 would be made if their Kickstarter campaign was funded. Well, it certainly was funded! The campaign topped it’s $2 million Kickstarter going and is currently close to $4 million! Sony is putting in money as well. Fans weren’t happy to hear about this, since many feel Sony should have funded the entire thing.

Producer Yu Suzuki posted a message on the Kickstarter page promising backers that Sony is "not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars.”

"Sony and Shibuya Productions have been wonderful partners because they believe in Shenmue and want to see the best for the fans and the game," Suzuki wrote. "Their investment in (and support of) Shenmue have helped to realize a sequel that will stand proud with its predecessors.”

Fans can donate $29 (US) for a digital copy of the game and $60 for a physical copy. If the Kickstarter, which has weeks left, reaches the $5 million mark, there will be an all new gameplay feature. Suzuki promises even more for more money. "If we should make the $10 million Stretch Goal, a much larger, completely open world will be yours to explore.”

Shenmue 3 is set for release in December 2017 for PC and Playstation 4.

Sony isn’t getting any of Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter moneySony isn’t getting any of Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter moneyCourtesy of Sony

Have Your Say

Did you get Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC? Is it giving you problems? Are  you excited to check out Microsoft’s Hololens? Are you excited for Shenmue 3? Did you donate? Let us know in the comments!